Weather provides extra hurdle for Clarion baseball and softball

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The phrase “rain, rain go away come back another day” could not be a truer statement for the Clarion University baseball and softball teams.
Neither team got to practice on its field the whole pre-season.
Both teams have been relegated to Tippin Gymnasium where they don’t have a full-length batting cage and turf mounds that are falling apart.
Sophomore first baseman Jordan Mesoraco thinks it has altered the season.
“It’s hard to get your timing down from the pitcher when you haven’t seen live pitching since the fall. For me personally, I think it has affected me [at the plate].”
Both teams have only played two home series on the season.
The first time either team got on its respective fields was when the softball team took the field on on April 2 against Mercyhurst; baseball’s first home game was this past weekend on April 13 against Gannon.
The baseball team has had 19 games either cancelled, postponed or relocated due to the weather.
As for softball, they had seven straight days of games canceled (14 total games) postponed from March 21 to March 31.
Softball has had a total of thirty-three games cancelled, postponed or relocated.
The weather along with an ever-changing schedule has led to grueling, and rather dangerous, circumstances for both teams. Baseball
“We are dealing with playing three or four days in a row before we have a rest day and that is very hard on our athlete’s bodies. We are dealing with this issue as best we can,” said third-year softball head coach Shintrika Hudson.
The problem with all the cancellations is the baseball field is entirely natural grass surface with an outdated drainage system, when the majority of other fields in the PSAC are turf-based with up-to-date water drainage systems.
Also, unusual weather patterns have led to uncertainty.
This past Saturday and Sunday the temperatures were above 70 degrees.
On Tuesday it was 30 degrees with a snow/rain mix.
The unpredictable weather has led to overwhelming frustration, but the players aren’t using the situation as a crutch.
Junior outfielder Drew Pirritano noted that being inside all the time was a set-back, but guys are starting to hit their stride now.
“Not being able to see a lot of live pitching is something [that] hurt us early in the year, but our bats are starting to heat up now and our pitchers worked extremely hard this [off-season] and really have been solid for us this year.”
Pirritano is right.
In the baseball team’s last six games, they have won three games and lost three games and are averaging almost four runs per games as opposed to being 4-18 in the team’s previous 22 ballgames.
The softball team has not had the same luck as it sits at 1-18 overall and can’t seem to get things going.
It is unclear how many games will be able to be made up, but sophomore catcher Megan Anderson summed up every single baseball and softball team’s emotions in just five simple words: “We just want to play.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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